The Associated Press reported late Sunday that Karl Marx is a top advisor to Pope Francis.
The AP confused the 19th century philosopher and revolutionary socialist with a German cleric, Reinhard Cardinal Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising and chair of the German Bishops’ Conference. Cardinal Marx is a senior councilor to the pontiff.
“This story has been corrected to show that the cardinal’s name is Reinhard Marx, not Karl,” a correction reads.
Though the mistake was inadvertent, comparisons between the two have been drawn before, as Cardinal Marx moves in the left wing circles of the European Church. Speaking of the German Church’s liberal theological orientation before the 2015 Synod on the Family, Archbishop Jan Paul Lenga said “There was Marx, Karl Marx. And if present Marx says similar things, then there is no real difference.” (RELATED: Pope Francis: Rejecting Refugees Is Like Crucifying Jesus)
During the 2008 financial crisis, Cardinal Marx published a critique of capitalism under the title “Das Kapital: A Plea For Man.”
Karl Marx’s multi-volume work of the same name is one of the foundational texts of Marxist philosophy and economics.
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